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Anybody using Central Electronics 100V or 200V transmitters?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by NQ8J, Nov 19, 2020.

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  1. NQ8J

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    As a teenager in the 90's I remember visiting a ham who had 100V and 200V transmitters. I was impressed by their looks, size, no tune finals and modulation monitor scope. I have never seen one since or talked to anyone on the air who was running one. Any CE fans out there?
  2. KA0HCP

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    Fabulous Central Electronics website, by Nick Tusa:

    I've got a pile of CE gear including a 20b transmitter. The story of how a young man founded Central Electronics and developed SSB phasing techniques and innovative gear is fascinating. [edited]
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  3. NQ8J

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    Cool. I'll check that out.

    I love boat anchors. Problem right now is I do not have too much room to display/use them. Probably should start shopping for a bigger house. ;)
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  4. NQ8J

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    Found the obit for the guy (K8EGU) who had them. There is a picture of a much younger man with a 100V or 200V behind him. I'm guessing he may have owned them since they were new.
  5. WB2WIK

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    They were seriously expensive! 200V was $795 in 1961...that's about equivalent to $6,900.00 today.:p

    Your friend must have been wealthy or had a really serious interest in amateur radio.
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  6. NQ8J

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    I'd say both. I only met him once, but he had a very nice house and well manicured garden. When I told my mother where I went, she said that his house and property had recently been featured in the area "Parade of Homes".
  7. KL7AJ

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    I have a 100V....marvelous rig. I used it regularly for a couple of I just fire it up once in a while to keep the capacitors happy and watch the CRT. But still transmits beautifully
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  8. KL7AJ

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    See my 100v on my qrz page.
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  9. NQ8J

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    Very nice! We have some things in common (sort of ;)), I used to have (regretfully no longer) a NC-109, I currently have a TR-3 and TR-4C, and addition to wanting a CE transmitter, I have also been wanting a Viking Ranger. The CE and Ranger would make a nice HQ-129X (which I have) sandwich! :)
  10. WB2WIK

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    They're probably all older than you are (the sandwich ingredients), and the 129X is older than I am!

    I once had a very large hamshack back in NJ...a 16' x 18' room with wall to wall benches and shelves, 100% filled (wrapped around all walls except small openings for the door and a closet) with ham gear and test equipment of all vintages, including some old stuff and quite a lot of new stuff. All connected, all on line, all working. Separate stations for each band I used, actually, with a lot of chairs. It's pictured in a CQ magazine issue from 1984.

    That was 1977-1984, just before I had kids.:p Then real life set in and I've been downsizing ever since.:(

    But "maybe" in retirement if we move elsewhere I just might start setting something like that up again; I wouldn't do separate stations for each band anymore, but am fond of boat anchors. Never had a 100V or 200V but have owned Rangers and Valiants and DX100s and Apaches and Johnson Thunderbolts and NC-300s and 75A-2s and all sorts of stuff for AM.

    I "was there" when SSB was overtaking AM on the phone bands (mid-60s) and there were AM v. SSB wars on the bands, which was pretty funny. Once SSB really took over, I figured AM was never, ever coming back and sold everything I had for AM before it became valueless.

    I had no idea AM would make a pretty thriving comeback many years later, and everything I sold is worth much more today than it was in 1970.:p
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